April 14, 2019 Subject:
@ 42:50 the Insanity our Cogent AI future
"There Will Come Soft Rains" is a short story by science fiction author Ray Bradbury which was first published in the May 6, 1950 issue of Collier's. Later that same year the story was included in Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950).
The story begins introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house which cooks, cleans and takes care of virtually every need that a well-to-do United States family could be assumed to have. The reader enters the text on the morning of April 28, 1985 (changed to August 4, 2026 in later printings) and follows the house through some of the daily tasks that it performs as it prepares its inhabitants for a day of work. At first, it is not apparent that anything is out of the ordinary, but eventually it becomes clear that the residents of the house are not present and that the house is empty. While no direct explanation of the nonexistence of the family is produced, the silhouettes of a man, a woman, two children, and their play ball are described as having been burnt into one side of the house, implying that they were all incinerated by the thermal flash of a nuclear weapon.
The house is described as standing amidst the ruins of a city; the leveled urban area is described briefly as emitting a "radioactive glow". The house is the only thing left standing and continues to perform its duties, unaware that the family is gone. At one point, further insight into the demise of the family is given when a tape recorder within the house recites a poem by Sara Teasdale titled "There Will Come Soft Rains". The poem describes how the Earth's other living things, and implicitly nature as a whole, are unaffected by human extinction that has occurred as the result of an unnamed disaster.
In the course of the day, a starving dog appears whining at the door of the house. The animal is recognized as the family pet and admitted, but dies soon after. The house automatically disposes of the body. The dog is the only (briefly) living character in the story.
At 10:00 p.m., a gust of wind blows a tree branch through the kitchen window, spilling cleaning solvent on the stove and causing a fire to break out. The house warns the family to get out of the building and tries shutting doors to limit the spread of the flames. The house also attempts to fight the fire, but its water reservoirs have been depleted after numerous days of cooking and cleaning without replenishment. The building is ravaged by the blaze and is almost completely destroyed except for one surviving wall, the same wall with the shadows of the family burnt into it, which continues to give the time and date the following morning.
In the original Collier's story, the story's events take place in a deserted house in the city of Allendale, California, on April 28, 1985 (a year changed to 2026 in later printings). The title and motif of the story, as outlined above, comes from Sara Teasdale's 1920 poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains", which had a post-apocalyptic setting inspired by World War I. The imagery of the poem is echoed and expanded in the story.
April 14, 2019 Subject:
Technology as a Solution? Delusions!
The Internet and Bit Mining uses Fantastic Amounts of Electricity, Generation of Electricity depends of Filthy Coal or Petroleum ot Atomic Energy, but TO KEEP ELECTRICITY FUELING ALL REQUIRED AT THIS POINT IN TIME, is UNSUSTAINABLE!
The Efficient Differential between CURRENT Supply VS Projected REQUIRED Electromotive Force (EMF) is MOORE'S LAW in reverse.
Moore's Law - doubling speed theory 'going forward" is 'HIGHER for NEED than AVAILABILITY."
The Curve is invalid for Sustaining Life...but Civilization is invalid for Sustaining ITSELF.
Six of one, Half a Dozen of another.
Damn John, I have Aphasia and cannot form my argument.
WE WILL DESTROY THE EARTH TO SUPPLY EMF TO POWER OUR GAME OF TECHNOLOGY.
THINK H.G. WELLS 'Time Machine"
think: Technocrat Party in 1934. Ever read about them?